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Huangpu District Zhongshan East 2nd Road 22 5 Floor, Shanghai, China (Huaihai Road)
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Ranked #125 of 12,480 restaurants in Shanghai
Price range: $35 - $60
Cuisines: Spanish
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Good for: Romance, Large groups, Doing business, Special occasions, Scenic view, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Neighborhood: Huaihai Road
Description: “el Willy” cuisine focuses in Spanish traditional, contemporary tapas & rices with a fun twist. The structure of the menu follows the Chinese Yin Yang structure of a meal. All the food is designed to be shared family style & to be eaten comfortably with chopticks.
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79% Recommend
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  • Chinese (Simplified) first
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  • German first
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  • Japanese first
  • Portuguese first
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Hong Kong
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154 reviews 154 reviews
104 restaurant reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW via mobile

The Tapas and Paella were delicious. Service is also good. The food quality has always been good and consistent my past few times coming here. Make sure you make a reservation as it is quite popular.

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New York City, New York
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101 reviews 101 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

I went to eat at El Willy by a friends recommendation on my second night in Shanghai. All of us were amazed by the food and service at the restaurant. Every single person that approached the table felt like they enjoyed working there and we all could feel it. They were very attentive and were able to explain thoroughly the... More

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Paris, France
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

In my opinion is one of the best restaurants in Shanghai. El Willy has the perfect spanish combination between foods and drinks. Good tapas and amazing iberian cold cuts. I also like the cool views from the Bund, special at night. The service is so helpful every moment with you. If you like spanish food you must go!

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Toronto, Canada
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

Recommended to visit this restaurant by my hotel I was at first impressed by the atmosphere....but shortly after being sat, one of the worst service experiences began....we waited 15-20 min for our waiter to arrive to take our appetizer and main course order order....I have been to many Spanish restaurants before and I know some bowl dishes take upto 20min... More

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24 reviews 24 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
77 helpful votes 77 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

This place has great ambiance (lighting, decor & music) and although it always appears busy and buzzy, its not noisy. The wine and tapas menu are large and extensive with many different choices so there is pretty much something for everyone. This time I had lunch here but I have also eaten dinner here a few times. This place is... More

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Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

The lovely building houses a gem of a restaurant. The staff were top class. Friendly, helpful and attentive. The waiter's advised us that we had ordered too much...we wanted to order everything on the menu! He could have just let us go with it but we were very thankful for his advice. Wine recommendation was also spot on. Salmon balik,... More

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55 restaurant reviews
96 helpful votes 96 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

The food was superb, huge variety of truly interesting options. We were a party of 5 and ordered up about ten dishes. Everything was full of flavour. We ordered more! Great wine, service atmosphere and sensational view out the windows.. A definite return place.

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Hong Kong, China
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22 reviews 22 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2014

Nice atmosphere with more the business crowd on their day off customers. Food well prepared, not overly salty, which can be a problem with Spanish budget places, and tasty. Sometimes the food comes with an innovative twist, i.e. suckling pig with some drops of mango concertante. Fast service, knowledgable. Owner led business, so quality control is on site. Good location... More

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Adelaide, Australia
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43 reviews 43 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2014

After an amazing start to our Shanghai culinary experience at Hakkasan the night before I was a tad disappointed in El willy. I had read so much about the place and given that I love all things Spanish I was really ready to have a fun night. However as soon as we entered the restaurant I just didn't feel much... More

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Los Angeles, California
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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2014

In a previous trip had been to el willy in the old location in the former french concession. 2 years later my Shanghai friends bring me to the new Bund location with great Pudong views and tasty Spanish traditional & modern tapas. Glad to see el willy going strong after the years!

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